Intraseasonal periodicity in the Southern Hemisphere circulation on regional spatial scales

Thompson, David W. J., Crow, Brian R. and Barnes, Elizabeth A. (2017) Intraseasonal periodicity in the Southern Hemisphere circulation on regional spatial scales. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 74 (3). 865–877. ISSN 0022-4928

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Abstract

Wave activity in the Southern Hemisphere extratropical atmosphere exhibits robust periodicity on time scales of ~20–25 days. Previous studies have demonstrated the robustness of the periodicity in hemispheric averages of various eddy quantities. Here the authors explore the signature of the periodicity on regional spatial scales. Intraseasonal periodicity in the Southern Hemisphere circulation derives from out-of-phase anomalies in wave activity that form in association with extratropical wave packets as they propagate to the east. In the upper troposphere, the out-of-phase anomalies in wave activity form not along the path of extratropical wave packets, but in their wake. The out-of-phase anomalies in wave activity give rise to periodicity not only on hemispheric scales, but also on synoptic scales when the circulation is sampled along an eastward path between ~5 and 15 m s−1. It is argued that 1) periodicity in extratropical wave activity derives from two-way interactions between the heat fluxes and baroclinicity in the lower troposphere and 2) the unique longitude–time structure of the periodicity in upper-tropospheric wave activity derives from the contrasting eastward speeds of the source of the periodicity in the lower troposphere (~10 m s−1) and wave packets in the upper troposphere (~25 m s−1).

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2022 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85487
DOI: 10.1175/JAS-D-16-0094.1

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